Thursday Jun 30, 2016

PeopleSoft Reconnect 2016 User Conference

What are your plans for the next PeopleSoft user conference?  Reconnect 2016 is only a few weeks away, July 19 - 21 in Rosemont, IL just outside Chicago.  This conference is uniquely focused on PeopleSoft customers and users. Our PeopleSoft Product Management team will be in attendance along with partners and hundreds of PeopleSoft customers.  You will see product presentations of new functionality and roadmap items covering all PeopleSoft HCM products and technologies.

If you are looking for a user conference that is packed with PeopleSoft specific content in a hospitable, reasonably priced venue, I highly recommend having one or more of your HR professionals attend Reconnect 2016.  Other than Oracle Open World, Reconnect represents your last opportunity in the U.S. this year to attend a user conference that covers PeopleSoft content.

To track all things PeopleSoft going on during and after Reconnect 2016, follow us on Twitter @PeopleSoftHCM 

If you are attending Reconnect 2016 and want to have a sit down with the PeopleSoft Product Management team, send me an email robbin.velayedam@oracle.com

Friday Jun 17, 2016

Great content, venue and attendees at HIUG Interact 2016 conference

The Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) provided another successful conference this year by hosting Interact 2016.  This week’s conference was held at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio Texas.  There were over 600 attendees, of those 183 were attending for the very first time and 5 individuals traveled internationally just to attend this conference.  In total there were 183 sessions given along with 46 participating vendors where attendees could obtain additional information and knowledge. 

There were three very insightful keynotes given.  The first was April Hurless [HIUG Board Member: BI Pillar; AHS BI Architect - Adventist Health System] and Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  In this keynote April Hurless talked about changing your perception and accepting change.  She was very creative in her approach using a banana split analogy.  She brought back memories for several of us when talking about Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and how they had the best banana splits and it was always the place you wanted to go (especially on your birthday).   The second half of the keynote was given by Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  Wendy used a clever approach to help us understand the value of using PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).  She compared the game Tetris to the benefits of PUM.  It was very entertaining and informative session and she wrapped it up with the staggering statistics showing the 70% savings to her company just by embracing the PUM methodology.

The second keynote was all about the Affordable Care Act given by Joel Hinzman [Oracle Senior Director – Government Affairs] and Joel White [Executive Director - Health IT Now Coaltion].  The Affordable Care Act is a very hot topic, not only for the health care industry but all businesses alike.  This was a fascinating (yet a bit unsettling) inside Washington look at the Affordable Care Act and what future changes may be coming our way. 

The final keynote was given by Rod Johnson [GVP - North America ERP, EPM & SCM Apps Sales & Global Cloud - Oracle] and Marc Weintraub [Oracle – Senior Director for PeopleSoft].  Rod and Marc’s message was that regardless if you go to the HCM Cloud or stay on the PeopleSoft application, Oracle has your technology needs covered.  Some of the key takeaways from this session are:

  1. Oracle is totally committed to PeopleSoft, with support until AT LEAST 2027 and continued investment in new capabilities.
  2. While the macro trend shows movement towards cloud applications there are significant opportunities for PeopleSoft customers on their journey towards cloud applications.
  3. Customers can, and should, take advantage of today’s PeopleSoft offering, including:
    • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is here to stay, this IS the user experience for PeopleSoft
    • Embedded, actionable analytics
    • Feature/function capabilities using WorkCenters and guided business processes leveraging Activity Guides
  4. Customers have a tremendous opportunity to change how they consume new PeopleSoft capabilities by executing on a PeopleSoft Selective Adoption strategy.
  5. Tremendous cost savings and business value of moving their PeopleSoft applications to the Oracle Cloud (IaaS and PaaS).


The Affordable Care Act took center stage as the number one topic for HCM at this year’s conference.  There were at least 5 sessions fully dedicated to this topic including one given by Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director].  The attendees in the ACA session represented PeopleSoft Release 9.2 and 9.1 customers using the delivered ACA functionality as well as customers using a third party software (many looking to switch over to the PeopleSoft ACA solution for the next reporting year).   These were all great collaborative sessions sharing success stories along with tips and tricks that can be utilized in the future.

The PeopleSoft team is always excited to show off our newly delivered and planned functionality.  Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director] and Jeremy Pelley [Oracle – Product Management Director] presented four PeopleSoft sessions between the two of them.  We reviewed how managers are in control of employee changes using Guided Self-Service.  We showed how Time and Labor Auto Enrollment will automatically enroll employees in T&L, assign a schedule, and assign user preferences for new hires and job changes.  We revealed that Payroll has delivered a new mobile paycheck that allows the employees to view the details at a glance with the ability to drill down to obtain more details. We also disclosed that the Recruiting Solutions product has a new improved attachment process.  We also reviewed functionality that crossed products such as the new Simplified Analytics which allows the user to create their own Analytic on-the-fly using Self Service.  This is just to name a few things that were covered.   Customers also got a live demo of functionality not yet released.

Kudos to the HIUG board for providing a great conference. Thank you to all our customers for the feedback you provided us during this week.    Your feedback is important to us to ensure that we build the best product possible. A special thanks to Texas Health Resources, University Health System San Antonio, University of Florida Health, Baylor Scott and White Health, Cape Cod Healthcare, and Main Line Health for sharing their lunch hour or other free time to meet with Oracle representatives.   Anyone interested in participating in a focus group please feel free to reach out to Kristen.Emery@Oracle.com or jeremy.pelley@oracle.com.


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Monday Jun 13, 2016

Lots of Excitement at OHUG 2016

Last week 1,500 customers gathered at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans for the annual Oracle HCM User Group (OHUG) conference.  New Orleans was a fun venue and great alternative to OHUG's usual host location - Las Vegas.  The OHUG Board and events committee did a fantastic job setting up a conference environment that was collaborative and hospitable.  Our PeopleSoft Product Management team was onsite in full force and had the opportunity to lead 10 sessions on a variety of HCM topics as mentioned in our previous blog.  We also had about 30 insightful, sit down conversations with customers to help them maximize their investment in PeopleSoft, troubleshoot areas of concern or unfamiliarity, and develop a strategy around self service and application maintenance moving forward.  Some of the customers we had conversations with include Aurora Health, United Airlines, Wells Fargo, Houston Methodist, Jack Henry, Red Lobster, Sandia National Labs, BCBS of Michigan, COX Enterprises, Entergy, Boeing, CBRE, among others.

There are three, clear main takeaways from OHUG this year:

  • Despite market momentum around cloud-based solutions, there is still a lot of excitement around customers leveraging PeopleSoft as their core HCM applications
  • Customers are eagerly preparing to deploy Fluid capabilities to their workforce or even extend their current Fluid deployment in other areas of self service
  • Customers are actively working on establishing a maintenance policy and process that is more incremental, while proactively adopting new features we deliver with as little customizations as possible

Russell Broom and Robbin Velayedam hosted a standing room only session focused on how to get started with Fluid.  It was clear from the individual conversations and level of participation that customers are actively looking to deploy Fluid to their workforce as their next phase for maximizing value with PeopleSoft.  Areas around Core HR, Time & Labor, and Payroll appear to be the biggest drivers for deploying Fluid self service, but customers are excited to selectively adopt more Fluid capabilities as we deliver them through product images in the future.  


All but two customers in attendance for our two roadmap sessions were on 9.2.  Some were on image 15, most were on image 9 or later.  It is unprecedented in PeopleSoft history where the majority of customers are on the same release as the Oracle applications Development team.

Customers talked about managing a three-pronged approach to implementing a Selective Adoption strategy with their PeopleSoft environment:  

  • Stay current on PeopleTools - many customers were already on or about to deploy 8.55
  • Get current on the latest HCM application image at least once every 12 - 18 months with the help of Lifecycle Management tools like PeopleSoft Test Framework
  • Get connected with PeopleSoft focus groups and the latest images to adopt new features in their environments faster

During the conference Oracle announced the general availability of the Affordable Care Act Corrections process for 9.2 customers, which rounds out the complete delivered ACA solution for PeopleSoft customers on multiple releases.  We appreciate all the positive feedback provided by customers as they successfully transmitted their ACA files to the IRS and look forward to this upcoming filing season, when we expect customers to switch from their outsourced solution to using PeopleSoft to manage their ACA filings.

Thank you to all the customers, partners, and OHUG members who supported the PeopleSoft track at OHUG 2016.

If you missed OHUG this year, you have other opportunities to catch up on all things PeopleSoft.  For instance, some PeopleSoft HCM team members are in San Antonio this week to meet with customers at the annual Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) conference.  Additionally, many team members will be at the Quest Reconnect PeopleSoft conference in Chicago the week of July 18th.  And of course there is Oracle Open World the week of September 18th.  Hope to see you at an upcoming event soon.

To learn how you can get more involved with our focus groups or conference/events, reach out to robbin.velayedam@oracle.com.

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Friday Jun 03, 2016

PeopleSoft at OHUG

The annual Oracle Human Resources User Group (OHUG) conference is just around the corner.  Oracle HR customers will gather next week in New Orleans, Louisiana for OHUG 2016.  Conference attendees will get a download of all the latest innovation for Oracle HR applications - featuring PeopleSoft, Oracle Cloud, and E-Business Suite.


Paco Aubrejuan, Senior Vice President for PeopleSoft Development will kick-off the PeopleSoft track with a session on PeopleSoft Today and Tomorrow, where he will cover all the latest HR technology investments we are making with PeopleTools, Fluid Mobile user experience, and PeopleSoft Cloud computing.  Featured in this session will be Robbin Velayedam, Product Management Director for PeopleSoft HCM providing a product demonstration of the latest fluid-enabled mobile capabilities for PeopleSoft HR employee and manager self-service.

There are a number of engaging customer and partner-led sessions to attend within the five dedicated PeopleSoft tracks available.  Additionally, our team of PeopleSoft Product Management experts will be on hand to present sessions on:

  • PeopleSoft HCM Roadmap
  • Human Resources
  • Payroll for North America
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Talent Management - Recruiting, Performance Management, ELM, Compensation
  • Time & Labor
  • Fluid Employee and Manager Self Service

We are also hosting three separate Meet the Experts sessions.  We invite you to come to these sessions with any questions you have about how PeopleSoft products currently work and will work in the future.  Or feel free to stop by just to say hello.

We will be posting our conference updates on Twitter using #PeopleSoftOHUG, we invite you to use the same hashtag to post your own conference experience with PeopleSoft.  You can also follow the PeopleSoft HCM Product Management team @PeopleSoftHCM

Click this link to register for the conference or view the session list.

'Laissez les bons temps rouler...'

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Tell us About Your Fluid Story

Have you rolled out Fluid to your end users? If so, we'd like to hear about it. We have some unique opportunities to share your Fluid story with our user community and 6,000+ customers worldwide.  Customers are excited about the prospect of deploying Fluid self-service capabilities to their employees and managers as part of their HR modernization initiative.  Learning first hand from what others have done with Fluid helps customers embrace the technology, understand its capabilities and potential, and better envision their future state of a modern, mobile-enabled self-service user experience.

If you are a customer that has deployed or near deployment of Fluid - or a Partner/Implementer helping a customer deploy Fluid - and would like to share your story, please reach out to robbin.velayedam@oracle.com  to learn more about upcoming opportunities.


Friday May 06, 2016

PUM 17: All PeopleSoft Time and Labor, Big and Small

By now most of you have probably seen the announcements about HCM Update Image 9.2.17, including the video with the new Image Highlights.  If you haven't seen it you can watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgSQ6sfhomo.  While this video is great, there is always more to tell that can't fit into those few minutes that we have on an overview video.

Let's start with the big feature, Workforce Availability is for supervisors or managers to monitor their time reporter's time.  The supervisor will be able to see whether a time reporter clocked in late, clocked out early, or didn't take their lunch break.  There are two views, a Daily Time view, and a Weekly Time view.


 The employees can be viewed by categories, such as:

  • Scheduled shows everyone who is scheduled to work that day
  • No Show has punch time reporters who were scheduled but have not reported in
  • Schedule Deviation shows employees who clock in early/late, missed a break or took a short break, or who clocked out early/late
  • Not Scheduled are those employees who were not scheduled to work
  • Elapsed are elapsed time reporters scheduled to work that day
  • Away From Work can hold the four separate sub-categories of Unapproved Absence, Approved Absence, Training, and Comp Time Off.  The Away From Work categories will include Absences both using Base Benefits plans or Absence Management, and the Training items identified can come from either Training Administration or the Enterprise Learning Management system.

The Weekly Time view will only show the Scheduled, Schedule Deviation, and Away From Work categories.  The Weekly Time view also contains Schedule Variance statistics.


 Both views allow the supervisor to drill down to see the underlying reported time detail, as well as giving supervisors the ability to easily navigate to other tasks through the use of related actions.

More information on this feature can be found in the following Video Feature Overview found on our YouTube channel:   https://youtu.be/NNf9gG3mnnw.

Another important feature that is now available is the optimization of the Manage Exceptions user experience.   Now Managers can easily clear time entry exceptions whether they are at their desk or on the go.


The last feature I want to talk about is the Time and Labor User Preferences.  It is moving to a central area which will eventually become the home to all User Preferences in HCM.  To get to it go to the Actions List (otherwise known as the Hamburger menu) in the top right hand corner and select My Preferences.

The General Settings and Time and Labor User Preferences are both now located here, and any new User Preferences for HCM will also be added here.  For your users who work in both FSCM and HCM they will appreciate the fact that the two systems will now be the same when trying to find their User Preferences.  We have also added a new User Preference to default the Time Details section as collapsed or expanded when a user enters the Report Time page.

Although not all of these features are big, or "splashy", I like to think that they will make a difference in your user's PeopleSoft experience, and will also show that PeopleSoft is trying to make our customer's lives easier in lots of ways, big and small. 

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Come and Collaborate with PeopleSoft Customers and Product Experts

The 2016 HR conference season is in full swing.  We saw a combined audience of over 11,000 attendees at Alliance, Oracle HCM World, and Collaborate in March and April alone.  We now turn our attention to the Summer with the following PeopleSoft events:

  • Oracle HR User Group (OHUG) Conference: June 6 – 9  New Orleans, LA
  • Healthcare Industry User Group (Interact) Conference:  June 12 - 15  San Antonio, TX
  • Oracle Open World Latin America Conference:  June 28 - 30  Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • HEUG South Africa Conference:  July 14 - 15  University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Quest Reconnect Conference:  July 19 – 21   Rosemont (Chicago), IL

    Experiencing these conferences is a great way for you and your colleagues to socialize with and learn from other PeopleSoft customers engaged in similar deployments and activities.  You will see first hand all the latest features PeopleSoft currently has under development.  You will also have direct access to PeopleSoft Product Management team of subject matter experts who can answer your product questions and help you prepare for what's coming next.


    Note that Oracle Open World 2016 is set for Sept 18 – 22 in San Francisco, CA.  The Call for Papers runs through May 9th.  You may use this opportunity to submit a session proposal to be a speaker at Open World in exchange for a free conference pass.

    Do not worry if Open World is not on your radar.  There are other great opportunities available for you to share with the greater PeopleSoft community of customers and users your PeopleSoft success stories around upgrading, selective adoption, or Fluid self service deployments.  Contact Robbin Velayedam directly if you are interested in learning more (robbin.velayedam@oracle.com).

    Wednesday Apr 20, 2016

    Collaborate 2016 - PeopleSoft Customers Buzzing in Las Vegas

    Last week, the Quest International User Group did not disappoint with a busy and eventful Collaborate 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The 5,700 plus customers in attendance were very engaged and actively contributed to the buzz with PeopleSoft, particularly around the value proposition of upgrading to HCM 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.55.  PeopleSoft customers in attendance was up from last year's conference.  About 70% of the PeopleSoft customers surveyed at the conference were already on 9.2 or in the middle of upgrading. With all the talk about 9.2, there was plenty of focus on how customers are making the most of the PeopleSoft Update Manager tool to selectively adopt new Fluid enabled capabilities, explore new application functionality, and stay current with regulatory/legislative compliance updates such as the Affordable Care Act.  There were also many interesting customer- and partner-led sessions on how to make the most of new 9.2 application features and the new capabilities available with PeopleTools.  Video of the Exhibitor Hall opening up on Day 1 --> https://vimeo.com/questinternational/review/163716762/dcf33ba3fe


    As the conference came to a close, we announced the General Availability of HCM Image #17 available for download from www.peoplesoftinfo.com.  For a video preview of all the features available with Image #17, click on the following video --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgSQ6sfhomo

    Just as a reminder for those who missed Collaborate this year, you have a second chance to socialize and connect with other PeopleSoft customers, PeopleSoft subject matter experts, and Product Managers at the Quest RECONNECT conference in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois July 19th - 21st.  See you there.

    Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

    PeopleSoft delivers new functionality to support the Affordable Care Act


    PeopleSoft continuously provides our customers with new product enhancements and functionality.  Some of the most important functionality that we deliver is to support legislative requirements.  Staying in compliance is essential.  Often times there are huge penalties for non-compliance.  That makes the functionality we deliver even more important.  A recent legislative enhancement that PeopleSoft delivered was functionality to support the Employer Shared Responsibility required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   The brand new functionality was designed to support the requirements for the Applicable Large Employer (1094-C and 1095-C) reporting.  This new feature includes functionality in Human Resources, Time and Labor, eBenefits, Base Benefits and Benefits Administration.

    The PeopleSoft ACA solution contains but is not limited to:

    • ACA Employee Eligibility Page to store ACA information at employee level. 
    • The ability to update the employees ACA Eligibility Status automatically at the time of hire.
    • Delivery of the ACA Eligibility Status as a benefit eligibility rule in the Benefits Administration product.
    • The ability to update employee information quickly and easily using an Excel spreadsheet.
    • PeopleSoft Time and Labor queries and analytic reports to help track employee’s hours. 
    • Provides the ability to extract the PeopleSoft data that is necessary for the 1094-C and 1095-C reporting.
    • The capability to load data from third party sources outside of PeopleSoft.
    • The ability to merge the PeopleSoft data with data from third party sources.
    • Online pages to view or manually override the data.
    • History of the changes for audit purposes.
    • The ability to process the 1095-C form both in preliminary and final mode.
    • Administrator view of the 1095-C form online.
    • Ability for the Employee to grant or withdraw consent to receive their Form 1095-C electronically using Employee Self Service.
    • The ability to print the 1095-C forms effortlessly using XMLP PDF process.
    • Provides functionality to create the IRS XML Form Data File and IRS Manifest File. 
    • Offers the Benefits Administrator tools/process to support their IRS AATS communication test.
    • Furnishes the Benefits Administrator with a reissue process for when employees receive the 1095-C form and a change needs to be made prior to submitting the files with the IRS.


    PeopleSoft is currently working on the IRS correction/void/replacement process functionality. Additional functionality will be delivered as the legislative requirements are defined and as they evolve in the coming years.

    The Affordable Care Act is a huge complex initiative. The required data is not always in one location.  That is why PeopleSoft has built this new feature to be not only flexible but functionally complete.  This allows customers to execute the required IRS reporting with ease.  Please see My Oracle Support Document ID 2013421.2 for more information.

    Now Available – HCM Update Image 9.2.17

    We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest Update Image for PeopleSoft HCM.  This image contains many new features and capabilities, across a broad range of products.  Some of the most important items include:
    • Company Directory Enhancements – Improvements include a simplified landing page for the company directory, including Favorites and Recently Viewed employees, a newly designed profile page, filters and facets for quick and easy searching on small devices, and the option to view locations on a map.
    • Manager ‘View As My Team’ – Managers now have the ability to quickly switch their view in the My Team tile to show what one of the managers in their organization will see.  This allows quick and easy access to the direct reports of any manager in your reporting hierarchy, for viewing or taking related actions.
    • Self Service Matrix Teams – Employees can now create and manage matrix teams, of any type, via simple and easy self service available from any device. Team members can be added, and if needed, a hierarchy can be defined within the matrix team.  Additional capabilities include updating information for the matrix team, as well as transferring ownership of the team.
    • Recruiting Solutions Print Enhancements – print applications for one or more candidates, including attachments such as resumes or cover letters.   Print information is completely configurable, including printing for one or more candidates in a single file, which sections of the application to include, print output type (pdf file or report), and more.
    • Workforce Availability – this is a significant new feature for Time & Labor customers, that provides supervisors and managers to track the status of employees from any device, at any time.  Monitor schedules, availability, deviations, and absences, and more.  Contact an employee or take actions such as Replace Schedules, View Timesheets, or Approve Overtime with the related actions immediately available for each employee.
    There are many additional new capabilities available in Update Image 17.  To get a quick overview, we recommend you watch the brand new Image Highlights, PeopleSoft HCM Update Image 17, now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgSQ6sfhomo.  This video is the first of it’s kind, providing a quick overview of each of the new features and capabilities delivered in the image.  We will be producing these videos on a regular basis for all of our images.  

    In addition to the video, we recommend you review the Cumulative Features Overview Tool (www.peoplesoftcfotool.com), as well as downloading the Update Image for a complete list of contents and to try out the new features in action.  See the HCM Update Image Home Page on My Oracle Support for instructions and the link to the Update Image.

    Tuesday Mar 15, 2016

    Alliance 2016 - A Huge Success for PeopleSoft Customers

    Last week, more than 4,000 Higher Education and Public Sector customers converged in Seattle, Washington for Alliance 2016 -- one of the largest annual user group conferences for PeopleSoft.  When you consider the high level of attendance, excitement, and engagement with our customers, the conference was a huge success.  Alliance was packed with thought provoking presentations, product demonstrations, and more than 440 sessions for customers to learn about PeopleSoft success stories on 9.2 including, deploying Fluid self-service, adopting new features, and engaging with our team to drive the continued investment and innovation in the products.

    The PeopleSoft HCM Product team kicked things off with the HCM Roadmap session where we learned that more than 60% of the customers in attendance were already live on 9.2, with another 25% currently working on their upgrades.  This underscores the value of the PeopleSoft continuous delivery model, where customers can now expect that every feature shown in our product demos are available to deploy from the latest delivered image or an upcoming image.  Many customers took the opportunity to tell us that they have leveraged continuous delivery for their Fluid self-service rollout, newly deployed WorkCenters, adopting some of the latest HCM features, or for mandatory compliance, security and tax updates.

    A few noteworthy conference highlights include:

       •A packed house for the Recruiting Solutions update, with many stories of successful 9.2 upgrades and implementations, and lots of excitement for the upcoming Fluid Candidate Gateway.

      •A fun and informative update on core Human Resources functionality, which included customer success insights from Sonoma State University and a look the very latest functionality, including enhancements to Guided Self Service 

      •Rich discussions around how customers are rolling out and using the Payroll and Time & Labor WorkCenters

      •Dozens of presentations on topics like Analytics, Position Management, Total Rewards, and many others presented by the PeopleSoft HCM team, partners, and customers

      •Many deep dive discussions in Meet the Experts, Birds of a Feather sessions, one on one meetings, with many new customers joining Focus Groups on their favorite features

      •Strong interest for planning to deploy PeopleSoft Time & Labor and Absence Management

      •Strategic conversations with partners from around the globe who echoed the momentum with PeopleSoft 9.2, Fluid, Selective Adoption, and PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud

    We took the opportunity at Alliance to formally roll out the PeopleSoft Community Ideas page.  With the Ideas page, customers now have a new and improved way of submitting new product ideas and enhancements with the PeopleSoft Product team, where each idea can be reviewed and voted on by all customers from all industries.  The PeopleSoft product team will monitor the results of the voting for each idea posted for consideration on the overall HCM roadmap.  To start using the Ideas page today, log on to My Oracle Support Communities and search for the Doc ID #2048019.1 for additional details.

    As our team reflects on the conference, the most resounding take-away was the incredibly strong momentum customers are experiencing with HCM 9.2.  There were many stories of successful upgrades, implementations, and rollout of new features and functions.  It was an energizing few days and a great way to kick off the 2016 HCM conference season. Next up is Oracle HCM World in Chicago and Collaborate in Las Vegas.  See you there!

    Thursday Oct 01, 2015

    PeopleSoft Payroll for North America WorkCenter makes payroll easy

    PeopleSoft Payroll for North America is proud to deliver the new Payroll WorkCenter which is used for USA and Canadian payroll processing.  The WorkCenter combines alerts, notifications, worklists, payroll processes, queries and reports into a configurable framework that can be tailored to each role based user.  It provides a one-stop-shop that will increase users’ productivity by streamlining and simplifying their work and providing access to all their needed information in one place.  This allows the user to focus on the tasks that are needed to get the payroll out the door.

    Included in the WorkCenter are delivered alerts for potential payroll issues.  We provide you with visibility of common exceptions such as inactive employees who have earnings in the paylines which can potentially be paid in error, or active employees with no payline but should be paid.  We allow you to define earnings and hours thresholds to catch keying errors before payroll goes out to the door and look for data issues that could cause calculation errors.  The Payroll WorkCenter also includes transactional analytics that provide insight into your payroll data to help you audit, identify anomalies and analyze the employee paycheck data.  The goal is to identify the issues up front to reduce the number of recalculations, voided checks or manual adjustments after the paycheck has been confirmed.

    For more information please see the PeopleSoft Payroll WorkCenter Video Feature Overview.



    Monday Jun 01, 2015

    Legislative Update for PeopleSoft HCM - Affordable Care Act

    PeopleSoft is pleased to announce the new Affordable Care Act Information Center located out on My Oracle Support Document ID 2013421.2. The Affordable Care Act Information Center is a one-stop shop page to obtain the information on the Affordable Care documentation. This new page includes links the ACA Position Paper, delivered enhancements, corresponding documentation, FAQs, examples of use cases, ACA Component Interface setup instructions, and links to our upcoming and recorded webcasts.  Please check it out and give us your feedback on what you like, what you don't like and what additional information you would like to see.


    Friday Nov 07, 2014

    PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 Update Image 9 is Now Available! - Simple and Intuitive User Interface on Multiple Devices

    The PeopleSoft HCM team is proud to announce that Update Image 9 for PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 is now available!

    This Update Image is the largest and most impactful PeopleSoft Update Image posted to date. This cumulative Update Image includes all new features and fixes from previous PeopleSoft HCM Update Images as well as a plethora of new items including multiple PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface enabled HCM transactions ready for any mobile device.

    Optimized across multiple platforms including smartphones, tablets and laptops/desktops, the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (Fluid UI) provides an intuitive and responsive user interface that provides native-application interactivity across a range of mobile operating systems and devices. With more than 50 new features and functions, Fluid UI provides employees, managers and executives with a familiar native user experience that helps maximize productivity and effectiveness while eliminating the need for training.


    It is our goal to provide you with new functionality that is intuitive and simple to use, increasing your productivity while lowering your total cost of ownership. You will see those goals realized with the new HCM homepages. This new functionality provides the user with an easy to use application that is configurable so you can determine what homepages and tiles you want to see based on your organizational needs. Some characteristics and functionality of delivered fluid homepages include:

    • PeopleSoft delivers two out-of-the box homepages (Employee Self Service and Manager Self Service) with the ability to create your own.
    • You can navigate from one homepage to the next by simply selecting the page you want or swiping to the left (on a tablet or phone).
    • Each homepage contains tiles. You have the ability to add, remove and control the placement of the tiles. You can also share tiles across multiple roles and landing pages. 
    • Users will be able to view key information at a glance that is dynamic and data displays on tiles.  The user can click or tap on tiles to access the associated content.

    On the Employee Self Service homepage your employees will have easy access to your company directory with just a quick tap or click on a tile. Your employees will also be ability to view and update their personal or talent related information. They can enter time in Time and Labor or request time off in Absence Management. It provides the employee with easy access to other key information such as viewing their paycheck, benefits, performance documents, and their total rewards.  The learning tile is for those customers that use the Enterprise Learning Management (ELM) application and it will provide announcements, a to-do list, and provide the employee with a listing of courses they are currently enrolled in.

    Managers will also have easy access to the company directory from the Manager Self Service Landing Page. Managers will also be able to view and perform other tasks such as reviewing HR information, employee punched and elapsed time, absence requests, and is automatically notified when approvals are required. The manager will also be able to view other important information including team performance information and learning information such as overall enrollment and completion of learning courses. For those customers that use PeopleSoft Recruiting your current job openings and details is just a click or swipe away.

    HR transactions are also now much easier with the new Guided Self Service. This configurable application allows organizations to create any number of “compound” transactions by combining multiple transactions into one easy to use guided process that walks the user through step by step, capturing the exact data needed to complete the transaction.

    WorkCenters and Embedded Analytics are another great example of how users can be more efficient and productive. Payroll for North America delivered the Payroll for North America WorkCenter. This is a one stop shop for the Payroll Administrator to process payroll. The WorkCenter provides the administrator with alerts and analytics to help identify errors prior to a payroll going out the door.  

    Update Image 9 also delivered new Analytics in other areas such as Time and Labor and Absence Management allowing you to get more insight, spot trends and issues, and have the opportunity to take action with ease.


    Several other enhancements were included in Update Image 9 and we encourage you to take a look at the Update Image to see the new functionality/enhancements in PeopleSoft HCM!

    For more information check out this press release, visit the new Cumulate Feature Overview page (now with PeopleSoft Update Image level detail), watch PeopleSoft Fluid UI videos on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel, and/or read the Update Image Overview document.


    Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

    PeopleSoft Selective Adoption

    If you are plugged into the PeopleSoft social media channels like our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Linkedin development group or if you tuned into the Quest Users Group PeopleSoft Townhall featuring Paco Aubrejuan (Oracle’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of PeopleSoft Development), you likely heard us talking about “PeopleSoft Selective Adoption.” Maybe you are wondering what exactly that is; that’s where I come in. For some time now the PeopleSoft product team has been talking about how, starting with PeopleSoft 9.2, we are delivering updates on a continuous basis with new capabilities planned for delivery 2 – 3 times a year. But it’s not about us and what we are doing; it is about you – the customer. “PeopleSoft Selective Adoption” is the terminology we are using to convey what this new age of PeopleSoft delivery means to our customers. As a PeopleSoft customer on PeopleSoft 9.2, “PeopleSoft Selective Adoption” means:

    • You get new capabilities without the need to upgrade ever again.
    • You take only the changes you want, when you want.
    • You don’t need to be current on maintenance to take changes.

    Your need to avoid costly and disruptive upgrades in the future and your desire to selectively adopt our continued PeopleSoft innovations – on your terms, drove us to this new model. This is possible due to new tools including PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) and new processes we have put in place. To truly maximize the benefits of “PeopleSoft Selective Adoption” your organization will need to change. Change how the line of business and IT work together to prioritize business needs, how it looks at maintenance planning, and how it executes the delivery of new PeopleSoft functionality. The PeopleSoft team has begun working with our customers to capture best practices, lessons learned, and guidance on how to best take advantage of “PeopleSoft Selective Adoption” and has published a white paper on this topic.

    As always, for more information stay informed, and stay connected: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, PeopleSoft Information Portal.

    Friday Jun 27, 2014

    OHUG PeopleSoft HCM Roadmap session: Is PeopleSoft HCM a Modern HR System?

    There is a lot of buzz in the HCM market around Modern HR systems. During OHUG, we wanted to make our Customers pause and think about that. What is a modern HR system? Is PeopleSoft HCM modern? 

    As you all know, PeopleSoft HCM has been in the market for more than 20 years. For some of you that could translate into PeopleSoft HCM being an old system.  We instead think of PeopleSoft HCM as a mature, proven and reliable system. PeopleSoft HCM has reinvented itself several times since its first release in 1987. Our products did not stand still. They needed to evolve and transform to respond to the challenging HR business needs.  Take a look at the 2013 American Payroll Association Prism Award. Each year, the American Payroll Association honors organizations based on best practice achievements in Technology, Management, Processes, Performance Study and Overall Best Practices. Three out of the five awards went to PeopleSoft HCM Customers (Hackensack University Medical Center, Capital One and Gap Inc). Also, HR Executive Magazine selected the 2013 CHRO of the year. The award went to Mark James, CHRO of Honeywell. Honeywell uses PeopleSoft HCM which has enabled Honeywell HR transformation process. 

    Do you use Microsoft Office? Microsoft Office first release (Office 1) came out in 1990. Do you think about Microsoft Office as an old product?  Office 1 is certainly “old”, the same way PeopleSoft HCM 7.5, 8.0 or 9.0 are “old” based on today’s standards. But the products did not stand still, they evolved and kept being  leaders in their space, even when you have other options.

    So,  what is the definition of modern HR System? For us modern system implies the following characteristics:

    - Easy to use
    - Mobile
    - Open and integrated
    - Configurable and Customizable
    - Contextual information/analytics
    - Flexible and with low cost of maintenance

    Most of you have already got visibility into the 9.2 release. You have seen that 9.2 has already moved the needle on these areas and started a paradigm shift. The 9.2  Release changed the way users interact with PeopleSoft HCM, making it simple to use through the use of Global Search, Search with facets, Related actions and Guided processes. Users get access to role-based workcenters and dashboards that are tailored to their needs, with embedded analytics that allow them to analyze information and take contextual action. All based on your role and respective security access.

    With our 9.2 release we also introduced the new delivery model which includes delivering new functionality two to three times a year and making maintenance plus new functionality available through product update images that are cumulative. That means that if you are in 9.2 you can now take a look at the latest product image and decide what you want to deploy in your environment and when. You don’t have to take everything we deliver if you don’t want to, and you can selectively pick and choose what makes sense to your organization.

    During OHUG we showed and demoed what we have delivered in the latest product images as well as what we are planning on delivering during the rest of this calendar year.  Several of the new applications and new capabilities to be delivered are being built with Peopletools 8.54 Fluid technology. The paradigm shift that started with 9.2 is now taking another dimension and completing the modernization of PeopleSoft HCM.  PeopleSoft Responsive and Fluid design allows PeopleSoft HCM to have applications that can be optimized for multiple devices - phone, tablet and desktop -. It doesn’t matter what size of monitor you have, or what type of tablet, or which phone. Our applications will render and adjust to the device you are using. Some of the applications we demoed at OHUG were: Mobile Approvals, Time and Absence Entry,  Manager Self Service with the new My Team View and Guided Self Service, Employee Self Service with new Personal data / profile self service capabilities. 

    What of these new capabilities or features would you like to uptake? With our new delivery model you can decide that. You can take one feature, a couple, everything or nothing. If you are on the most conservative side of the spectrum, you can decide not to take any of these new responsive/mobile applications and just take some the critical legislative changes your organization needs (e.g.: OFCCP, DOMA, or others).  If you are running PeopleSoft HCM in a private cloud model, you can have your service provider deploying and managing this for you.

    So … Is PeopleSoft HCM a modern HR system? We are convinced the answer is YES!  And you have the power to decide if you want to modernize your PeopleSoft HCM environment.

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